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How Physiotherapy Can Help During And After Pregnancy

The challenges of pregnancy can be debilitating for some women. This is especially true during summer when the temperatures are hot and the humidity is high. It can be challenging to get comfortable and stay cool when your body is already hotter than normal and the aches and pains of pregnancy begin to set in.

     Fortunately, there is relief and it comes in the form of physiotherapy. While we often associate physiotherapy with athletes and professional trade workers who have been injured on the job, physiotherapy can offer a wide range of benefits both during and after pregnancy. For women who are pregnant or who have just become new mums, physiotherapy can help relieve many of the aches, pains, and general discomfort they are feeling and help prepare them motherhood.

     The pain and discomfort women feel during pregnancy is typically related to the abdominal and pelvic floor muscles. They might experience difficulty holding urine, stools or wind, pain during intercourse, the feeling of increased pressure in the perineum, or diastasis of the rectus abdominis. Some women will experience more than one of these complications at a time which can make their pregnancy and childbirth miserable and have a negative impact on their mental and physical health.

How A Physiotherapy Can Help During And After Pregnancy

     During the later months of pregnancy and even after childbirth, the abdominal muscles, pelvic floor muscles, and soft tissue which surrounds the pelvis can stretch, becoming longer, which will make the joints hypermobile. Then, combined with the additional weight that comes along with being pregnant including the amniotic fluid, heavier breasts, and the baby itself, some women will and develop a pelvic girdle, experience lower back pain, urinary incontinence, and pelvic floor dysfunction. If these muscles were already weak or affected by a previous injury or medical condition, complications could arise.

     A physiotherapist will examine your condition and create a personalised plan which will address any issues and help you to strengthen your core muscle groups as well as any muscles which could be stressed as a result of the pregnancy or during childbirth. A stronger lower back, abdominal area, and pelvic floor can lead to a much easier childbirth and a reduced healing time post pregnancy.

Contact Physio Comes To You

     To learn more ways physiotherapy can help during pregnancy and after childbirth, contact Physio Comes To You today and speak with a physiotherapy specialist who can answer any questions you might have.

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